Is Horse Racing Dead? Preakness Breaks Handle and Attendance Records

The Pimlico crowd of 140,327 on hand to see Cloud Computing win the 2017 Preakness Stakes broke last year’s record of 135,256. Total handle on the 14-race program was $97,168,658, an increase of 3% over the previous record of $94,127,434 and a 14% increase over 2015 wagering.

The Maryland Jockey Club also announced that in-state handle was up 7.1% from last year and 10.4% from 2015.

“From morning into evening, we witnessed an incredible day of world-class racing and eclectic entertainment,” said Sal Sinatra, President of the Maryland Jockey Club. “The sport of Thoroughbred racing is being rejuvenated and reimagined by the Stronach family. Their commitment to this sport is remarkable and unparalleled. Their vision is being embraced by horsemen and fans around the country.”

Exaggerator: Trips to Pimlico remind Jockey Kent Desormeaux …

jockey riding a horse race Of His Untouchable Prime

The memories are clear, unvarnished over more than three decades and thousands of victories. Each time Kent Desormeaux returns to Maryland, as he will this week for the 141st Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course, there’s a good chance someone will remind him about something he did in his early years as a teenage… [Read more…]

Nyquist takes first jog at Pimlico

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 Kentucky Derby champion Nyquist took his first steps on the track at Pimlico Race Course just after 8:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday, exhibiting the composure that has carried him to the top of his 3-year-old class.
Assistant trainer Jack Sisterson said everything has gone according to plan in Nyquist’s preparations for the May 21 Preakness. The bay… [Read more…]